Welcome to the confusion that is the Wantz/Vance, Juday, Wikle families in Preble Co. Ohio, Noble and Elkhart IN.
Throw in some Long's and Ott's for interest.
Sarah Juday and this John Wantz are new additions for me.
These are excerpts of info sent to me by other related parties.
Here are some marriages:
Marriage records of Preble county Ohio/ by Mrs. Don (Anita) Short and
Mrs. Dale (Ruth) Bowers, : Short and Bowers, c.1966
Vance, Frederick to Betsy Wolf 4-29-1824
Vance, Martin to Barbara Staver 5-4-1813
Wantz, Frederick to Catharine Wysong 6-24-1830
Wantz, George to Sally Juday 5-29-1827
**Wantz, Jacob to Elizabeth Juday 4-19-1827**
Wantz, Jacob to Susannah Rust 2-5-1828
This is my line:
The book is titled History of Preble County with illustrations and biographical sketches, H.Z. Williams & Bro., publishers, 1881.
John Vance emigrated to Montgomery County, Ohio from Somerset county, Pennsylvania in the year 1807.Two years after (in 1809) he came to Preble and settled in what is now Harrison township and resided there until his death, which occurred at the age of a little over seventy in 1845.His wife died shortly afterwards.They had a family of eleven children, but only four of them are now living.Jacob, the oldest, was born in 1803 and in 1827 was uinted in marriage to Elizabeth Judy and settled where he now lives, commencing in the woods.His wife died in 1870 and Mr. Vance still occupies his farm, his son Isaac and family living with him.
Jacob Vance was born in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, May 23, 1803.His father, John Vance, was a native of the same state, where he married Elizabeth Long, and in the spring of 1807 emigrated with his family to Preble county, Ohio.They travelled by wagon to Brownsville, thence by the Ohio river to Cincinnati on a falt boat.The team was brought through by land and arrived at Cincinnati two weeks in advance of the arrival of the boat.At Cincinnati the journey was resumed by wagon and in the latter part of April the family arrived in Lanier township, where Mr. Vance had previously entered one hundred and sixty acres of land.They set to work and rolled up a log cabin, cleared off a piece of ground, and had a crop in that same spring.After living there two years Mr. Vance moved to Harrison township, settling a mile south of Lewisburgh, where he afterwards lived.He and his wife both died in 1845.Their family consisted of eleven children as follows:Maria, Martin, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Catharine, John, George, Jacob, Frederick, Michael, and Sarah.The only survivors are Jacob, the subject of this sketch; Michael who lives in Indiana; and Sarah (Mrs. Wikle), living in Harrison township.
Jacob Vance was married April 19, 1827 to Elizabeth Juday, daughter of Frederick Juday of Harrison township.He resided on his father's farm five years after his marriage, when he rented a farm adjoining.
Here are some of the Vance/Wantz move from OH to IN:
the Vance/Stiver's as follows:
Barbara Stiver and Martin Vance
John Vance and Catherine Long
Owen Vance and Lovina Weaver
He tells me that Martin never learned to read or write, so details are sketchy on that line due to that.This man claims that all of the Vance's he's talked to in Elkhart Co (and one I believe is a cousin to my father) states that the Vance's are Irish.This is the first I've heard.I have always believed the Vance's to be German.
The Stoever/Stiver/Staver line is well documented.Barbara Stiver was the daughter or granddaughter of Johann Caspar Stoever who was the first ordained Lutheran Minister in PA.They lived in Lancaster Co., PA before travelling by boat down the Susquehanna River, ending up in Cincinnati, OH and migrating north into Preble and Montgomery Counties in Ohio.
In Barbara's obituary, it states that Martin travelled to Indiana on foot from Ohio with only a dog for a companion.Once settled into Indiana, it seems as though everyone farmed.No mention of religious reasons for the big move from Ohio, however, Martin and Barbara Vance donated 1.5 acres of land for the Benton Lutheran Cemetery in Elkhart Co., IN.